Archive of May 19, 2009

Pelosi and Sebelius are examples of Trinity's Catholic education, president claims

May 19, 2009 - 11:29 pm .- The President of Trinity University, Patricia McGuire, who at the school's Sunday commencement described pro-life critics of Notre Dame's decision to honor President Obama as "Catholic vigilantes” and "grand inquisitors," pointed to the pro-abortion politicians Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius as good examples of the education provided by the Catholic university.

Archdiocese of Mexico encourages greater commitment to rid politics of corruption

May 19, 2009 - 09:58 pm .- In an editorial on ethics in politics, the Archdiocese of Mexico encouraged Mexicans to become more involved in political life in order to rid it of corruption.

Catholics and other Americans ‘overwhelmingly’ favorable towards Pope Benedict XVI

May 19, 2009 - 08:35 pm .- Both American Catholics and their non-Catholic countrymen have an “overwhelmingly” favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, a new poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus says.

Bishop denies Church is pushing for religious laws

May 19, 2009 - 07:32 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia reacted this week to charges leveled by the president of the Italian Parliament, who argued that the Church is trying to create religious laws by defending the right to life.

Obama’s Notre Dame speech tried to redefine U.S. Catholicism, George Weigel charges

May 19, 2009 - 05:38 pm .- Continuing his criticism of President Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, Catholic commentator George Weigel charged that Obama has inserted himself into intra-Catholic disputes by trying to define who a “real Catholic” is. He warned the president risks assuming the headship of the dissenting wing of U.S. Catholicism, pitting Catholic intellectuals and institutions against their bishops.

‘Education for the Citizenry’ seeks to normalize homosexuality among Spanish students, expert warns

May 19, 2009 - 03:54 pm .- The secretary general of the organization Professionals for Ethics, Fabian Fernandez de Alarcon said this week that recent statements by homosexual activist and Socialist leader Pedro Zerolo are a clear signal of the government’s agenda for the course, Education for the Citizenry.

Spanish doctors: abortion is traumatic and parents must be informed

May 19, 2009 - 02:17 pm .- The president of the Collegial Medical Association in Spain, Juan Jose Rodriguez Sendin, said on Monday that abortion “is not like eating a piece of candy,” but rather is a “traumatic” surgical intervention in which the autonomy of the patient “should be made compatible with the right of parents to be informed.”

Pope's social encyclical may finally see light of day in June

May 19, 2009 - 11:52 am .- The first social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, which will probably be called "Veritas in caritate" (Truth in Charity), appears as if it will see the light of day on June 29, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, a source from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace informed CNA.

Church leaders in Holy Land: Pope has left a seed of hope

May 19, 2009 - 11:07 am .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal and the Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, both said this week that after his apostolic trip to the Holy Land, “Benedict XVI has left seeds of hope in these places which remind us of the Gospel.  Now it is our turn as pastors of small flock to see that they bear the fruits of peace, reconciliation and unity.”

Vatican joins worldwide celebration of books

May 19, 2009 - 10:28 am .- A celebration of books called the World Book and Copyright Day was held on April 23, and to mark the event, the Vatican is issuing a stamp and postmark.

Poland's president meets with Pope, invites him to visit

May 19, 2009 - 09:09 am .- Poland's President Lech Kaczynski met with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday evening at the Vatican to discuss issues of mutual interest on the international stage, and to invite the Pontiff to visit Poland again.

War in Sri Lanka ‘will end when we understand that we are one people,’ says archbishop

May 19, 2009 - 05:09 am .- Archbishop Oswald Gomis of Sri Lanka expressed satisfaction over the end of the conflict between the Tamil Tiger rebel group and government forces after 27 years of struggle, and said “the war will end only when we understand that we are one people, on nation with equal rights.”

Church not opposed to progress, says Argentinean archbishop

May 19, 2009 - 03:06 am .- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz denounced the position of those who think the Church and the Christian life "are opposed to the development or the progress of man. He then pointed to numerous examples in history of "Christian scientists, artists and philosophers that have contributed to the culture and growth of man."

Graduates must restore truth to society, says Archbishop Gomez

May 19, 2009 - 12:43 am .- While addressing graduates from the University of the Incarnate Word, Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio, noted how education isn’t just about professional knowledge, but the knowledge that upholds truth. He also discussed the importance of maintaining the truth in a society filled with relativistic ideals and policies.

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